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Elliott Francis

Weekend News Anchor

Francis has worked alongside some of the most influential media executives in the U.S. during his 25 years as a news anchor, including FOX News President and chairman, Roger Ailes, former CNN Executive Vice President Ed Turner, and the founder and former CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, John H. Johnson. In 2002, shortly after joining the ABC news affiliate in Washington DC (WJLA-TV) as the morning co-anchor, Francis was thrust into the rigors of live, non-stop coverage of the DC sniper shootings and investigation, sometimes speaking 8-9 hours unscripted. A skilled interviewer, Francis once convinced Singer John Denver to go "on-camera" with details of his upcoming DUI trial.

Francis is currently a weekend anchor/reporter for WAMU.

Francis is also a 'Rescue' level PADI certified SCUBA diver, a private pilot (student) and a lifelong aviation enthusiast.


Articles Written by Elliott Francis

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Maryland officials say the state's four casinos brought in nearly $78 million in revenue last month. The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency claims Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County led the group with nearly $62 million from slot machines and table games. That's a 38.5 percent increase since March 2013. Hollywood Casino Perryville generated nearly ...
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A five-day search of a park in Northeast DC is yielding no clues to what might have happened to 8-year old Relisha Rudd. Now police say the search there is winding down. Yesterday's discovery of the body of accused killer and abductor Khalil Tatum has put police no closer to discovering the whereabouts of Relisha Rudd. DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says in the past several da...
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The foot search of a northeast D.C. park for missing 8-year-old girl Relisha Rudd is expected to resume today. Although the foot search was suspended Sunday, teams of divers continued to search the ponds in Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens during the weekend for Rudd, who was last seen March 1 with Kahlil Tatum, a janitor at the city homeless shelter where she lived. ...
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Navy Academy football player Will McKamey lapsed into a coma and died three days after collapsing at practice last weekend. Two years ago, he had suffered a severe head injury that nearly ended his career. As a senior at Knoxville, Tenn., school Grace Christian Academy in 2012, McKamey rushed for more than 2,000 yards. Late that season McKamey took a hit and complained that ...
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Investigators are telling more about the capture of a man suspected of causing this weekend's bus crash on I-95 that left one person dead. Virginia State Police say 31-year-old Raphael Manuel Barrientos was driving at a high rate of speed when he cut in front of the American Transportation shuttle bus just south of exit 163 in Lorton early Sunday morning. The bus turned shar...
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Maryland lawmakers will receive a 15.7 percent pay raise over the next four years. A salary commission recommended the increase, which will take effect automatically. Meanwhile a Republican resolution to stop the pay hikes is going nowhere. Legislators currently make $43,500 a year for their part-time jobs. The increase will bring their salaries to $50,330. House M...
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Judge Bohdan Futey President Barack Obama is leveling sanctions on 11 Russian officials said to be at the center of that country's military incursion in Crimea, and one local advocate for Uk...
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Montgomery County Public Schools have applied for a waiver to avoid extending the school year by a full week due to this year's extra snow days. Superintendent Joshua Starr appealed to Lillian Lowery, state superintendent of schools, for permission to cut the 2013-2014 school year four days short. The state requires 180 days of instruction. Instead, the County wou...
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Administrators for public school sports programs in Virginia's Fairfax County are applauding the National Athletic Trainers' Association's new guidelines for concussion injuries. The guideline statement issued during meetings held this week updates the original concussion guidelines released in 2004. One of the most critical amendments, according to NATA officials, is a reco...
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Charlie Savin, 8, was the winner of the "golden skillet." For those who celebrate Mardi Gras, today marks Fat Tuesday. Among many Christian denomi...
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If you plan to return to the roads in Maryland this morning, state highway officials have some advice for you. State highway crews continued working through the night to clear the roads, but wet surfaces combined with overnight temperatures that dropped into the single digits in some areas means many highways are likely covered with patches of ice. If you're venturin...
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Two bills that could decriminalize the possession of marijuana in Maryland were the focus of a state senate hearing in Annapolis on Tuesday. One bill authored by Sen. Robert Zirkin would make possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine of $100. The second measure would legalize the possession of pot for any resident 21 years or older an...
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One of the region's most notorious murder suspects is dead after a gunfight with guards inside an Israeli prison. In 1997, Samuel Sheinbein left Montgomery County and fled to Israel after murdering 19-year old Alfredo Tello, Jr. then burning and dismembering the body. Sheinbein, 34, successfully sought asylum under a law which prevented Israeli citizens from being ext...
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A bill under consideration in Maryland would close a loophole in existing law prohibiting sexual contact between certain people of authority and minors. But lawmakers say it may have a loophole of its own. If a part-time teacher or coach at a public or private school has sex with student aged 16 years or older, they might be fired, but they couldn't be charged with a crime und...
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In Maryland, lawmakers are considering legislation that would guarantee sick leave to some of the state's low-wage earners. Right now, more than 700,000 workers in Maryland don't have access to sick leave. To remedy that, Del. John Olszewski Jr. introduced a bill requiring employers to give one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. The number of sick days would be cap...
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As outrage grows over Maryland speed cameras issuing citations when they shouldn't, legislators are debating the merits of a bill that would turn the tables on the operators of those camera systems. State legislators became concerned earlier this year after a confidential audit revealed certain speed cameras in Baltimore were issuing inaccurate citations 40 times more often th...
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In Annapolis, debate continues over the future of Maryland's proposed minimum wage bill. A hearing before the Senate Finance committee yesterday included testimony from state leaders and low-wage workers who support the measure, as well as business leaders and economists who oppose it. The bill seeks to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016, and would hike...
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In Maryland, rescue teams used extraordinary measures this weekend to remove a morbidly obese man from his home. Emergency officials say it took three technical rescue teams to remove the body of a nearly 500-pound man from the basement of a Silver Spring group home where he died. Investigators say roommate called police after he returned to the home in the 12000 ...
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As police in Montgomery County search for more information that could connect Lloyd Lee Welch to the disappearance of Sheila and Katherine Lyon, some residents are recalling the fear that paralyzed the community where the sisters lived. It's been 39 y...
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Maryland state health officials say the danger posed by the discovery of a case of tuberculosis at one Montgomery County high school is not as critical as some might think. A letter sent late last week to parents of students attending Watkins Mill High School confirmed an unidentified student carrying the disease is being treated and there is no risk of additional exposure to ...